Social Media

Interesting Statistics 

  • 53 Hours/Week is spent on entertainment media (Teens/Tweens)
  • 4.5 Hours/Day teens are on cell phone
  • Tween Girls: Every Hour of media started to erode self-esteem and social confident. Every hour of human connection (face to face time) improved
  • 90% of teens who display their depression online hope an adult talks to them about it
  • 54% of children feel their parents check their devices too often
  • Adults check their phones 150 times/day
  • 54% of adults would rather have a broken bone vs. a broken phone

 Challenges With Technology

  • Blue Light Exposure
  • Sleep
  • Permanency of what is posted
    • Teachers, future employers, parents, grandparents, etc. can now access social media.
    • “What are the future ramifications?”
  • Online relationships
  • Option to pick and choose when to engage
  • Access to unhealthy material
  • Apps exist to prevent parent monitoring
  • Multitasking while doing homework
    • 50% Use Social media
    • 51% Watch TV
    • 60% Text
    • 76% Listen to music

 Protective Factors

  • Relationships (#1 protective factor is an adult checking in)
  • Boundaries (When and where can media be used)
  • Participation (parents should know what their child watches/used on various media sources)

 Questions to ask

  • How do you feel after being online for 1 hour?
  • How much do you use it?
  • Would you say in person what you say online?
  • How are they using it?
    • Strengthen Relationships: Most young people extend current relationships
    •  “Passive Scroll” – leads to isolation, social anxiety, loneliness, fear of being left out, increased anxiety regarding exposure to news (fire hosed with news)
    • Emotional experience of looking at others perfect life (comparison principle)

Interesting Video on TV/movies and impact on kids.

 Information from a presentation given by Erin Walsh, MA - Creator of Mind Positive Parenting